The high public interest in affordable travel has prompted AirlineRatings.com, the world’s only safety and product rating website, to identify the top ten safest low-cost airlines for 2020 from the more than 400 airlines it monitors.
Low-cost carriers (LCCs) have allowed millions of people to travel for the first time or to take trips they would otherwise be unable to afford.
Safest Low-Cost Airlines – Top 10
They are a rapidly-growing segment of the industry, but rapid growth can come with some problems, which is why it’s so important to read reviews and ratings before booking.
The AirlineRatings top 10 safest LCCs for 2020 are, in alphabetical order: Air Arabia, Flybe, Frontier, HK Express, IndiGo, Jetblue, Volaris, Vueling, Westjet, and Wizz.
These LCCs have all passed the stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and have excellent safety records.
IOSA is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. It looks at more than 1000 audit parameters and airlines are re-evaluated every two years.
Factors Involved in Choosing the Safest Low-Cost Airlines
International Air Transport Association members are required to pass IOSA but many LCCs are not part of IATA and choose not to undertake the audit.
“Those LCC’s that have decided to use IOSA show an additional commitment to safety,’’ said AirlineRatings editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas.
Other factors used to decide the top 10 LCCs include the results of audits conducted by the governing body of aviation, The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), whether they are on banned lists and a fatality-free record for the past 10 years.
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